Texas' Antique Shopping Scene
From Danno Wise
Small Towns Across Texas Cater to Antique Hunters
Perhaps it’s because Texas has some a long and interesting
history – we were our own country, after all. Maybe
folks are trying to grab a link to our collective past. Or,
maybe it’s because Texans just favor “real wood.”
Whatever the reason, shopping for antique furniture has swept
across the Lone Star State with unparalleled passion in recent
Of course, there have always been antique seekers. However,
in years past most had to rely on estate sales, the occasional
auction or huge “market” events. Those are still
viable venues today. In fact, events such as Canton’s
“Trade Days,” which are held the first Monday
of every month, draw thousands each time they are staged.
But, more and more, antique shoppers are finding shops dedicated
to their cause. In fact, entire towns have begun to develop
their economies around antiques and those who shop for them.
Among the top areas for antique shopping is the Central Texas
region surrounding Austin. And, while Austin itself has a
variety of stores peddling antique wares, many of the best
shops are located in the small towns surrounding the Capital
City. Kerrville has long been a favorite destinations of Texans.
In recent years visitors to Texas have also found out about
this laid-back Hill Country town. Other nearby towns, such
as Fredericksburg and Wimberley also have dozens of shops
catering to antique shoppers.
But, although the Hill Country has become an “antique
Mecca” of sorts, don’t dismiss other areas of
the states when looking for furniture built long ago. In particular,
many towns in the Piney Woods have thriving antique markets.
Palestine and Jefferson are among the best examples of prime
antique shopping tucked beneath the towering pine trees of
East Texas. Closer to the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, Old
Town Lewisville is designed to take visitors back to the turn
of the century and you can shop for early 20th century furniture
and curios while you’re there!
These are but a few of the many areas of Texas that offer
excellent antique shopping. So, whether you are looking for
a link to the past or simply a stately piece of furniture
to fill out your den, odds are you’ll find it in Texas.